Christening Gift Ideas

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Guest Post by Rebecca Jensen.
Rebecca is a blogger and freelance writer who loves writing about sewing, baby fashion, faith, and preserving memories. She currently writes for the handmade christening gown christening gown supplier cristeninggowns.com.

A baptism or christening is a special and significant event, marking the entry of a child into the path of faith. As per usual with such events, the child and the parents are presented with gifts to celebrate this milestone in their lives, and for friends, family, and well-wishers, the question becomes: What do we get them? As with any gift, what you choose will depend on both what the recipient is like and on your budget and preferences, but here are a few ideas—traditional and not-as-traditional—to get you started.

Children’s Bible, Children’s Book of Bible Stories: This kind of gift is by far one of the most popular for this particular occasion. The baptism has just taken place, symbolizing the entry into a life of devotion to God; what could be more fitting than to give a gift that helps foster that devotion? Bibles and books of Bible stories geared toward children can be very visually appealing and help the child learn lessons from the word of God even when they are very young.

Christian Jewelry: Sterling silver jewelry is a classic choice because it can be personalized and serves as a beautiful and lasting keepsake of the event. Popular choices include bracelets with the baby’s name (these can be for mom too!), cross pendants, or other jewelry with charms of religious significance. Keepsake boxes are also bought in addition to jewelry to help keep track of it until the child is old enough to appreciate it. Depending on the religious denomination, a child’s rosary might also be a fitting gift in this category.

Memory book: A memory book is not necessarily christening specific; it can be a wonderful gift for any occasion. Friends and family can write letters to the child and memories of their special day, and later the parents of the child can add pictures and keepsakes to complete this customized and cherished gift.

Keepsake toys: Silver rattles are a popular choice. Plush toys, like soft lambs or bears, are a softer and more cuddly option. Of course, when choosing plush toys, check for any parts that may fall off (or be chewed off) that may pose a choking hazard. Make sure the toy is wire-free, sturdily constructed, and washable, if possible, to endure lots of hugging.

Photo-related items: Photo-related items are a given for any memorable occasion. Photo frames and albums give the parents of the child a way to preserve and display memories of this special day. A picture of Jesus to place in the child’s room might be a thoughtful gift as well.

Shadow box: Shadow boxes are another form of memory gift that have limitless possibilities. A shadow box can be a beautiful way to display the christening gown and other mementos from the christening day.

Savings bond: Presenting a savings bond to the parents for their child is more practical than sentimental, but can be of lasting value and symbolizes your concern and care for the child’s future and seeing him or her through life.

There are many options available for christening gifts, but whatever you choose, remember that if you present it with thoughtfulness and love, your gift will be appreciated by those who receive it.

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Teach Your Kids about Election Day: Books and Apps

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Election time can be such a busy time. As moms, we’re trying to sort out all of the candidates and issues for ourselves, both locally and nationally, but we want to keep our children informed and involved in the process, as well.

In our family, we’ve started a new tradition of recording the Presidential debates as well as the national evening newscast through our DVR, so that – once the homework is finished, we can all sit down and watch the coverage. We like to speed through the commercials, and we find ourselves pausing the broadcast frequently to explain things or give extra background information. It takes a good deal of time each evening (and, to be perfectly honest, it doesn’t actually happen EVERY evening), but every little bit helps. Any kind of dialogue we can have with our kids over the candidates and the issues facing our country is time well spent.

On that note, here are a few fun books and apps and to help teach kids of all ages about voting and the founding of this country.


Disney American Presidents App

From Disney Publishing Worldwide. Available online for $3.99
A fresh, new way to learn about the extraordinary men who inhabited the oval office and set the course for our country, just in time for the Presidential elections and inauguration! Sit in the oval office and flip through the Unofficial Scrapbook—you’ll find plenty of amazing stories and new perspectives about the men who helped shape our nation on the windy road to our modern Presidential elections.
Ages:
3-5
Platforms: iOS

 

Grace for President
Grace for President
Available online from Amazon.com for $15.99
Where are the girls?” When Grace’s teacher reveals that the United States has never had a female president, Grace decides to be the first. And she immediately starts off her political career as a candidate the school’s mock election. But soon, she realizes that she has entered a tough race. Her popular opponent claims to be the “best man for the job”-and seems to have captured all the male votes-while Grace concentrates on being the best person. In this timely story, author Kelly DiPucchio not only gives readers a fun introduction to the American electoral system, but also teaches them the value of hard work, courage, and independent thought-and offers an inspiring example of how to choose our leaders.

 

Phineas and Ferb #10: Ride the Voter Coaster!
Phineas and Ferb #10: Ride the Voter Coaster!
Available online from amazon.com for $5.99
When a junior mayor election is announced in Danville, Phineas and Ferb decide to run against each other! This 8×8 features an original story and a pull-out poster.

 

John, Paul, George & Ben
John, Paul, George & Ben
Available online from Amazon for $12.23
Once there were four lads. John [Hancock], Paul [Revere], George [Washington], and Ben [Franklin]. Oh yes, there was also Tom [Jefferson], but he was annoyingly independent and hardly ever around. These lads were always getting into trouble for one reason or another. In other words, they took a few. liberties. And to be honest, they were not always appreciated. This is the story of five little lads before they became five really big Founding Fathers.

Cool Things – A Random Book about the Power of ANYone

Here’s a new book to check out with your kids:

A Random Book about the Power of ANYone
A Random Book about the Power of ANYone

When Talia Leman was just ten years old, she rallied students from four thousand U.S. school districts to report more than $10 million for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.  Then she founded RandomKid, a nonprofit organization that brings youth together across the globe, providing them with tools and resources to create positive change.

Today RandomKid has unified the efforts of 12 million children bringing aid to four continents. In Talia’s new book A RANDOM BOOK ABOUT THE POWER OF ANYONE, Talia Leman – now seventeen and a senior in high school— shows readers how to find their passion and make room for life’s surprises, demonstrating that everyone has what it takes to make a difference for anything that matters to them.

Passionate about the potential we all have inside us, Talia writes, “The truth is, our power comes from being who we are, exactly as we are, and doing what we do, exactly as we are compelled to do it! When you spread value—by generously giving it away from the genuine place of you—people sit up, wake up, and pay attention.”

Writing with enthusiasm and humor Talia shares her secrets for being greater than you know how to be, including:

·         Sideways is a better way to go forward

·         If life gives you lemons, lemonade is just one option

·         Too many cooks is the right number

·         Purpose happens by accident

·         It’s not about thinking outside the box; it’s about not having a box at all

Read more about A Random Book about the Power of ANYone at amazon.

Halloween Gifts

It’s nearly Halloween, and whether you’re looking for something fun to bring the hostess of a Halloween party – or maybe a Halloween gift for your child’s teacher, we’ve found some fun Halloween gift ideas:

Three Sisters Halloween Gift
Three Sisters Halloween Gift
Price: $19.95
Available online from HarryandDavid.com (Get the latest Harry & David Coupons
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Halloween Tower of Treats Gift
Halloween Tower of Treats Gift
Price: $39.95
You told your little sister there were monsters under her bed. And in her closet. Every year on Halloween, you made her trick-or-treat at the scary neighbor’s house while you stayed on the sidewalk. And then you stole her Halloween candy. Maybe it’s time to make it up to her. Send a Halloween Tower of Treats Gift that will trump any pillowcase full of candy.

Owl Creek Halloween Cookie Gift
Owl Creek Halloween Cookie Gift
Price: $29.95
Available online from HarryandDavid.com (Get the latest Harry & David Coupons.)

Happy Halloween Bat Gift
Happy Halloween Bat Gift
Price: $29.95
So if you’re looking to give a little something extra to someone this Halloween, we’ve got an adorable solution. Our plush Halloween bat comes with festive gummi pumpkins and traditional style candy corn. The perfect sidekick for any trick-or-treater, this soft and fuzzy plush bat can tag along with his Velcro wings.
Available online from HarryandDavid.com (Get the latest Harry & David Coupons.)

Halloween Moose Munch Popcorn Gift Tower
Halloween Moose Munch Popcorn Gift Tower
Price: $29.95
When Harry & David set out to create their own caramel popcorn snack, they ended up with something completely different. And way better. Moose Munch Popcorn is not your average caramel popcorn. Harry & David makes over 5 million pounds a year.
Available online from HarryandDavid.com (Get the latest Harry & David Coupons.)

Halloween Candy Gift
Halloween Candy Gift
Price: $19.95
You used to keep your stash of Halloween candy in a pillowcase under your bed. And somehow your little sister never found it. But when you get your Halloween treats in our exclusively designed owl candy boxes, you won’t want to hide them anywhere. In four different colors, these owls contain tasty Halloween treats. We’ll leave the tricks up to you.
Available online from HarryandDavid.com (Get the latest Harry & David Coupons.)

Halloween Pear Box Gift
Halloween Pear Box Gift
Price: $19.95
It all started with pears. Really good pears. Pears so big and juicy, you eat them with a spoon. Well, that’s what Harry and David used to say anyways. Their Royal Riviera Pears really are unique. Their fruit is soft and buttery. It might seem weird to describe fruit as being buttery, but the texture is so smooth, there’s not really any other way to describe it. And they are loaded with juice. Too bad you can’t squeeze juice out of a pear like you can with an orange. You’d probably be able to fill a juice cup with just one pear. And don’t forget the flavor. These pears are so sweet, you might want to save them for dessert. With pears as sweet as these, you won’t need ice cream anymore. Unless you’re putting the pears on top. Wait, that’s a great idea.
Available online from HarryandDavid.com (Get the latest Harry & David Coupons.)

 

Haunted Halloween Gift Box
Haunted Halloween Gift Box
Price: $39.95
Enjoy the flavors of fall in a gift box that’s sure to be a conversation starter. It’s not a trick-what’s inside is most definitely a treat, perfect for sharing or keeping to yourself. It’s almost like being a kid again.
Available online from Wolfermans.com

Get many more creative gift ideas on Momscape’s Great Gifts Blog >